Report: Rangers sign Jeremy Guthrie to a minor league deal

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The Rangers have reached an agreement with pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. It’s a minor league deal and its completion is pending a physical, per MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan.

Considering that Guthrie turns 37 years old in April and is coming off of an ugly 2015 season, so it’s not surprising that Guthrie had to settle for a minor league deal. Across 24 starts and six relief appearances with the Royals this past season, the right-hander posted a 5.95 ERA with 84 strikeouts and 44 walks in 148 1/3 innings. He led the league with 29 home runs allowed and was left off the Royals’ postseason roster.

The Royals declined a mutual option for 2016 worth $10 million back in November, which sent Guthrie into free agency.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.